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Motor City Comic Con 2017 – Media Guest Update!

Motor City Comic Con 2017 – Media Guest Update!

Michael Rooker

Noted character actor and badass Michael Rooker is going to be a big draw to 2017 MCCC. Rooker played the whistle while you work (and murder) guy in Guardian’s of the Galaxy and our favorite one-handed villain on Walking Dead. Rooker is also a regular in a few Kevin Smith films (Mallrats and Mallbrats). He’s been acting since before I was born and has over a hundred credits on IMDB. Let’s put it this way. If you’ve never seen Michael Rooker in anything, we probably can’t be friends.

Appearing
Sat | Sun

Autograph
$60

Photo Op
$65

 

Sean Gunn

Ahhh, Kirk. Sean Gunn started as a bit player on the fast-talking dramedy Gilmore Girls and grew that bit part into one of the most beloved roles in the entire series. He also has a notable role in Guardians of the Galaxy (Vol 1 & 2) which happen to be directed by his brother, James Gunn. He’s had roles on Angel, Glee, Bunheads, Superstore and plenty more.

Appearing
Fri | Sat | Sun

Autograph
$30

Photo Op
$45

 

Kristy Swanson

Buffy! Sure I’m a bigger fan of the TV Show, but my husband and I have had many debates about the two Buffys and I can appreciate Swanson for bringing cheerleading and kicking ass together on the big screen.  She gets bonus points from me for being one of my favorite guest stars on Psych. Kristy Swanson has over 80 credits on IMDB including Pretty In Pink, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Big Daddy and 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag.

Appearing
Fri |Sat | Sun

Autograph
$30

Photo Op
$45

 

Shannon Elizabeth

The sexy girl from everything! She played Nadia in the American Pie movies, Justice in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and one of the sexy American girls in Love Actually. She also had roles in Thirteen Ghosts, That 70’s Show and Scary Movie (just to name a few). But she’s not just a pretty face. Shannon Elizabeth is one of the leading celebrity poker players and helped found Animal Avengers, a non-profit animal rescue organization.

Appearing
Fri |Sat | Sun

Autograph
$40

Photo Ops
$50

Jason David Frank

Green Power Ranger is coming to the Motor City! JDF is an accomplished mixed martial artist. He’s a seventh-degree black belt and holds numerous Rising Sun Karate accomplishments and awards. He was in over 200 episodes of various installments of Power Rangers and, even better, he’ll be doing a dual photo op with the Pink Power Ranger, Amy Jo Jonson (Click here!)

Appearing
Fri | Sat | Sun

Autograph
$50

Single Photo Op
$50

Dual Photo Op with Amy Jo Johnson
$90

Big Van Vader

Counting the previously announced Sting, this makes two big names in wrestling joining 2017 MCCC. Vader performed for numerous organizations (including my favorite based on name alone: Total Nonstop Action Wrestling). He was a super heavyweight wrestler capable of aerial maneuvers such as the Vadersault, which can’t possibly be as cool as it sounds (spoiler alert, it is… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRVn_XZPoYM)

 Appearing
Fri |Sat | Sun

Autograph
$25

Photo Op
$45

Article by Mallory Crowe  and Editor Austin Benedict

Local haunt Eloise gets the Hollywood treatment

Eloise, one of the Motor City’s most popular haunted spots, is getting the Hollywood treatment. Unfamiliar with Eloise? Eloise was a poor house turned insane asylum located on Michigan Ave. in Westland. At one point the complex contained 78 buildings and had it’s own postal code, but now mostly ruins. A lot of the land has been sold off, paving the way for a strip mall. Only 4 of the buildings remain. There is also a cemetery nearby.  Most of the markers only have patient numbers on them. Tragically, not a name or single nice word, though some are working to identify the graves.

Security guards (and teenagers looking for a thrill) have heard voices and other odd noises.  Moaning and grunts can be heard by the playground and lights tend to have a mind of their own. Presumptively these are the ghosts of the patients who were perished within the walls of Eloise.

The movie, titled Eloise, was actually filmed in Michigan as part of the Michigan Film incentives (which sadly no longer exist). The plot is that the main character (super hot Chace Crawford from Gossip Girl) has to break into Eloise to get the death certificate of a relative so he can qualify for an inheritance. So he enlists the help of his friends (super hot Eliza Dushku from Buffy and Dollhouse) and Brandon T. Jackson (super hot Detroiter from Tropic Thunder) to break into Eloise and have the night of their lives. Or maybe last night of their lives…

If you want to show some support for the Motor City and see horrible things happen to pretty people, make sure to check out Eloise. BONUS: Robert Patrick plays what appears to be the villain. As long as Robert Patrick isn’t trying to replace Agent Mulder, I’m a fan.

Trailer:

The movie is scheduled to be released by Vertical Entertainment in theaters and VOD on Feb. 3. If you want to see it on the big screen, Emagine Royal Oak is the only theater playing it.

Photos are from The Friends of Eloise and MLive.

Article by Mallory Crowe – Romance Author

Michigan Science Center After Dark: Vintage Video Games III Review

Michigan Science Center After Dark: Vintage Video Games III

Motor City Geek went retro last night. The Michigan Science Center held their third After Dark: Vintage Video Games. Tickets were $15 to get in the door which included one drink ticket and unlimited play time at the 20+ vintage games. The arcade games were provided by Offworld Arcade.

The geeks were out in full force. The same event in July sold out and this one seemed just as popular. Before the doors even opened there was a line outside the MSC. The games were spread out over two levels and each level had a cash bar serving beer and liquor (The drinks were Mario themed. I tried the Princess Peach for… research purposes.)

Even if you weren’t into gaming, there was plenty to keep you entertained. From pixel art perler bead tables so you could bring your favorite characters to life or exploring the awesome Michigan Science Center exhibits with a drink in hand. (And who hasn’t ever wanted to do that?)

Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters Detroit answered the call for fun. They brought with them their own Ectomobile, a collection of console Ghostbusters games and The Real Ghostbusters arcade game! To top it all off they had their own Stay Puft Marshmallow Man and were more than happy to take photos with anyone and everyone!

Motor City Gaming also did a live podcast at the event (including a few giveaways).

Detroit Respect was one of the few vendors selling. (And, yes, I did get something )

Worst part of the night? There were waits to play games. The unfortunate side effect of the event being popular. But with so many options, most people could just hop to another cabinet and enjoy another game while they waited.

Best part of the night? I loved everything Ghostbuster related.

Overall verdict? I didn’t know what to expect when I walked in but was pleasantly surprised by the atmosphere and variety of activities provided. This was an affordable way to spend a really fun Thursday night and learn some science facts along the way!

Event review by Mallory Crowe – Romance Author

http://mallorycrowe.com

 

 

List of games provided by Offworld Arcade
Q*Bert
Tempest
Track and Field
Forgotten Worlds
Punch Out
Elevator Action
The Simpsons
Gauntlet
Joust
Spiders
Smash TV
Mappy
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Bad Dudes
Robocop
Atari Video Pinball
Moon Patrol
Asteroids
Toki
Mario Kart
Golden Eye
Super Smash Bros
Just Dance
Sega Games
Guitar Hero
Duck Hunt
Atari 2600 Games